AWF Representatives

David Williams

David Williams

David Williams

David qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School knowing he wanted to devote much of his professional life to veterinary ophthalmology but already with a passion for animal welfare and ethics and exotic animal medicine.

He has worked at the Animal Health Trust and the Royal Veterinary College, where he gained his PhD. He currently runs the ophthalmology clinic at Cambridge, where he also lectures in ophthalmology and animal welfare and ethics. He has an RCVS certificate in welfare ethics and law and is a member of the BVA Ethics and Welfare Committee. David has particular interests in the welfare of exotic pets, zoo animals and wildlife as well as a keen concern for how his Christian faith should impact on his views of animal use and abuse.

Jacqui Paterson

Jacqui Paterson

Jacqui Paterson

Born, bred and educated in Glasgow, Jacqui moved to the North East of England after graduating. After 9 years in very mixed practice she established her own small animal and exotic practice in Teesside in 1996. This has now grown to a two site, six vet practice with a very varied case load of dogs, cats, exotic pets and wildlife.

The practice works closely with several local and national charities and Jacqui regularly assists the RSPCA in animal cruelty cases with the north east unfortunately being over represented in such cases. Having now lived in the north east for more than half of her life Jacqui considers herself a Teessider.

Jill MacDonald

Jill MacDonald

Jill MacDonald

Jill spent 12 years in small animal practice as a head nurse, then moved on to the University of Liverpool setting up and teaching post graduate online CPD, and undergraduate Communication and Professional skills. She currently owns and runs ONCORE ePD, who deliver online, collaborative CPD to vet nurses, and works part-time in practice.
Jill has always had an interest in welfare and ethics, including the role nurses can play in promoting welfare through educating their owners, and is delighted to have the opportunity to represent AWF in her role as a BVNA council member.

Kate Hovers

Kate Hovers

Kate Hovers

After graduating from Liverpool in 1983 Kate ran her own three vet mixed practice in South Wales from 1991 to 2006 during which time she gained a certificate in sheep health and production. Since then she has continued clinical work and increased sheep consultancy plus part time work for pharmaceutical company and delivered numerous farmers talks. Kate is a past president of the Sheep Veterinary Society and the South Wales BVA. She has a particular interest in sheep health, behaviour and welfare and sits in the FUW livestock welfare committee. Kate lives on a small hill sheep farm with sheep, horses and dogs (and a farmer!) and rides, runs and cycles in hills when time allows.

Lewis Grant

Lewis Grant

Lewis Grant

Lewis qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1968 from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, and pursued a career in Veterinary General Practice, being principal of his own practice from 1972 onwards. From 1988, he worked in meat hygiene as then OVS and joined the MHS in 1998 as a POVS in the North Region. In the MHS/FSA he was responsible for Animal Welfare and Animal by-product issues and hosting delegations from both EU and Third Countries, as well as being the MHS Lead on EU FVO Missions to the UK. In 2011 he was awarded an MBE for services to the FSA. Lewis continues to be active in the meat hygiene sector on a consultancy basis in both the UK and Europe and is also the BVA Veterinary Policy Group representative on the VPHA Council, as well as a member of the BVA Overseas Group.

Sophie Beckwith

Sophie Beckwith

Sophie Beckwith

Sophie qualified in 2000 and has worked as a RVN, VN Lecturer, Pet Food Business Manager and as a Head RVN managing a team of five other nurses in Small Animal first opinion Practice.  She now combines working part-time in veterinary practice with a career as a journalist. Travelling and animal welfare are her two main passions. Annually she is lead nurse for a cat neutering campaign in Greece and she has carried out CVNR in India and Nepal.

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